Advacare Clinics, located in Bloomington, MN is a local medical facility that’s legally qualified to complete DOT physical examinations. If you are located in Bloomington, Edina or Richfield MN we are here to serve you. It’s a new day in the realm of commercial driving; the requirements for DOT certification have become increasingly strict, for commercial motor vehicle operators, company owners and even healthcare professionals.
It’s important that everyone is well prepared for initial certifications and re-certifications. Below is a helpful aid, to increase understanding and help you “get your ducks in a row” for a fast examination. Lets get you in the clinic and back on the road, in no time!
If you’re a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver/operator or company looking for an experienced and considerate healthcare provider who can get you or multiple drivers an appointment quickly and preform the required testing efficiently, Advacare is your solution. We are conveniently located at the intersection of 494 and 100, in Bloomington, MN and our parking lot has ample space, so feel free to bring your rigs.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) legally requires that a certified medical examiner preforms a physical exam, which will ensure the CMV driver’s health meets the necessary standards. The examination preformed is essentially a ‘fitness for duty’ screening. Advacare is qualified, experienced and listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners; National Registry #: 2119968692.
The DOT physical exam helps verify that a commercial driver doesn’t have any injuries, conditions or past surgeries that could pose a threat to the public’s safety. The exam consists of simple screenings that test and determine if the driver’s capable of meeting the physical and mental demands of operating a vehicle and transporting materials over long distances. The exam also evaluates if drivers are taking any medications, whether doctor prescribed or over the counter, that deems them unfit to be behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle.
On the road, hearing is a valuable tool, it helps indicate traffic and road conditions. Unusual sounds could be a signal that the vehicle’s performance is hindered; without the ability to notice these signs, it could lead to a major safety concern. It’s also important in the communication aspect of the job. (It’s possible to pass the hearing portion with a hearing aid, with strict requirements).
The capability to operate every aspect of the vehicle is crucial for safe travels. This portion of the testing focuses on muscle, reflex and sensory abilities. It also measures range of motion, grasping and the coordination of multiple movements and limbs in a united fashion. (With proper devices and equipment, it’s possible to pass the operation portion with the loss of a limb or other impairment.)
When driving commercially it’s critical to be able to keep alert for extensive periods of time; which is why tests to determine awareness and stability are necessary. The road is not always easy and many times requires problem solving, maneuvering and making quick, responsible decisions; while also being able to stay awake, calm and attentive. It’s the drivers responsibility to come up with a plan of action when circumstances arise.
It’s essential to remain in control at all times, which is why there are medical test that can determine your state of awareness. Also, uninterrupted control means being able to consciously make the decision to pull off the road, if necessary. Being aware of the state you are in is not only for the safety of yourself but also the other travelers on the road.
Loading, unloading and sitting for long periods of time comes with the job. It’s important that a commercial vehicle driver has a large range of motion, ability to lift, bend, squat and be able to extend arms over their head. This section of the exam will test a variety of motions required for success in the commercial operations field.
Items you NEED to Bring to the DOT Physical Exam:
It’s better to be over-prepared, than under-prepared! Regardless, we’ll work with you to make this examination as easy and quick as possible. A non-complicated DOT physical exam can be completed withing 30-45 minutes. Major factors in the length of the exam are the amount of documentation needed, provided to us and how well it’s organized.
If you answer ‘yes’ to any conditions concerning your health history, bring documents, releases and any other medical forms associated.
Below is a list of medical conditions that will require information:
It’s very important that any and all, past or current medical conditions, examinations, procedures, clinic visits and treatments you have experienced, in the past 5 years, be documented and brought into our office at the time of the exam. This screening relies heavily on documentation and paper-trails. If you have any medications, prescriptions or supplements we need the following information:
And remember: these are the FMCSA's rules, not ours.
Make sure to be honest and forthcoming about any past or current conditions. We are dedicated to working with you by providing you with the new requirements, so that this process can be as pleasant and quick as possible. We are happy to answer any questions specific to you, give us a call at 952-835-6653. We also offer online programs that can help you complete a portion of what we need through our website.
As a qualified Medical Examiner, the result of this visit could be any one of the following:
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We hope this helps you with the preparations for your physical exam. Contact Advacare Clinics today at 952-835-6653, if you still have any questions or to schedule a complete medical assessment for you or an entire CDL company.